The owner who commissioned this is a hero.
Aston Martin builds some incredible low-volume cars, like the $3.4 million DB5 Goldfinger Continuation. So could you imagine what the UK automaker could make with an unlimited budget and a willing client?
Q by Aston Martin has just revealed its wildest creation ever. Say a big 'ello guv'na to the Aston Martin Victor. It's based on the Aston Martin One-77, a special car in its own right, and inspired by the Aston Martin V8 Vantage of the '70s and '80s.
The car was shown at the Hampton Court Palace Concours event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Vantage nameplate. This custom commission pays homage to the period of Aston Martin's history run by Executive Chairman Victor Gauntlett and features a 'Pentland Green' paint job to pay homage to the Vantage of that era. But if the looks aren't wild enough, just wait until you hear what's under the hood.
The One-77's 7.3-liter V12 engine was tuned, so it now produces 836 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque. Not only is this the most powerful road-going naturally aspirated product Aston has ever built, but the owner also opted for a Graziano manual transmission, making it the company's most potent manual car of all time. Built using the carbon-fiber monocoque and rear housing from the One-77, the Victor weighs less than the vehicle it's based on and also produces GT4 levels of downforce.
Unlike the original muscle car Vantages, the Victor features impressive engineering to help it lap a track quickly. The car features inboard springs and dampers with six-stage settings, just like the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. Its center-lock wheels look reminiscent of the wheels worn by the '70s and '80s models, and behind them sits Brembo CMM-R Carbon Ceramic brakes with six pistons on each caliper.
Inside, the cabin is bathed in Forest Green and Conker Bridge of Weir leathers with cashmere on the upper sections. Not all surfaces of the interior are covered though, as the owner opted to leave parts of the carbon fiber chassis exposed in the cabin. Anodized aluminum and machined and polished titanium hardware add to the bespoke feel while Crown cut solid walnut adorn the dash and manual gear knob for a luxurious touch. As proof of this car's performance, the steering wheel is a racing-style unit from the Vulcan.
No official price is available for this one-off commission but we're sure it cost the owner well over seven figures.